Where to get help if you're experiencing domestic abuse
This page contains information on and links to organisations that can help women and men undergoing violence or abuse at home.
Help for women experiencing domestic abuse
Rape Crisis Scotland
Free, confidential information and support for girls and women who have undergone sexual abuse at any time in their lives. You can find details of your local centre at the Rape Crisis Scotland website. Rape Crisis Scotland also has a helpline on 08088 01 03 02.
SAY Women is a voluntary organisation which offers safe and secure accommodation for young women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Scotland
Free 24-hour helpline. Helpline workers can talk you through your options and put you in touch with local agencies that can help you. The website offers support and information for people facing domestic abuse.
Tel: 0800 027 1234
Scottish Women's Aid
Women's Aid provides information, advice and support to women undergoing emotional and/or physical abuse. Women's Aid refuges, located across Scotland, offer a safe, supportive environment for women who wish to leave abusive partners, and also for their children.
Help for black and minority ethnic women
Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid
Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid provides support and practical help to Asian, black and ethnic minority women who have suffered mental and physical harassment and abuse either from their partner, ex-partner or within their extended family. Services include a drop-in centre and refuge.
Muslim Women's Helpline
The Muslim Women's Helpline aims to provide any Muslim girl or woman in a crisis with a free, confidential listening service and referral to Islamic consultants, plus practical help and information where required.
Shakti Women's Aid
This service run by black women offers advice, information, counselling, support and temporary accommodation for black and minority ethnic women and their children escaping domestic violence. Workers can provide information on housing, benefits, legal issues, immigration, nationality, racial harassment and health. Languages spoken include Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Singhalese, Swahili and Urdu.
Help for men experiencing domestic abuse
Survivors UK provides support and resources for men who have been sexually abused or raped or experienced any form of sexual violence.
Respect- Men's Advice Line
The Men's Advice Line is a freephone, confidential helpline for men who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence from their partners or ex-partners. This includes all men - in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. The Men's Advice Line is funded by the Home Office and the Scottish Government, and is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.
Help for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
Support services and advice for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transexual people experiencing domestic abuse.
Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
Offers a wide range of services to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and their families and friends.
Tel: 0141 847 0447 (lines are open 7-10pm)
Help for perpetrators of domestic violence
Counselling project that helps men who are being abusive towards their partners to learn to control their behaviour.
Help for young people
Free, confidential helpline offering practical advice and support to children and young people.
Tel: 0800 1111
Information for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
Help for victims of domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds
The UK Border Agency has a new policy which came into effect on 1 April 2012 to help support the victims of domestic abuse who entered the U.K. on a spousal or partner visa. This policy gives these people access to public funds whilst they apply for indefinite leave to remain under the domestic violence rule. This policy replaces the Sojourner project which came to an end on 31 March 2012. A guide to this concession can be found on the UK Border Agency's website.
Other useful websites
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
Information on applying for compensation if you have been injured as a result of violent crime.
Family Law Association Scotland
The Family Law Association website has contact details for solicitors who specialise in family law, and also have further information on family law issues.
Relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other forms of family support across mainland and island Scotland.
One Parent Families Scotland
National voluntary organisation offering advice and support for lone parents and their families.
National Lone Parent Helpline: 0800 018 5026
Scottish Police Forces
Find out more about how the police in your area tackle domestic violence and get contact details of your nearest police station.
If you are going through a hard time or feel depressed, desperate or suicidal and need someone to talk to anonymously, you can call the Samaritans free and in confidence. Lines are open and free to call 24 hours a day.
Tel: 116 123
SupportLine is a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to children, young people and adults. SupportLine can take calls on a wide range of issues including relationships, child abuse, anger, bullying, self harm, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.
Tel: 020 8554 9004
The Survivor Scotland website contains links to help and advice for people who are experiencing or have experienced sexual abuse in their childhood. The site links to agencies offering support, counselling and other forms of help.
Victims of Crime in Scotland
Scottish Government website offering help and advice for anyone affected by crime. It contains information on reporting crime, police procedures and victim support.
Victim Support Scotland
Voluntary organisation offering practical help and information and emotional support to victims of crime.
Helpline: 0845 603 9213